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Newsletter 2007

Dakshina/Daniel Phoenix Singh Dance Company presents
Celebrating Freedom: Commemorating India’s 60 years of Independence

In the News
Metro DC Dance Awards presented the Founder’s Award for Innovation in Dance to Dakshina. The award was presented to Singh by Cheles Rhynes. Singh is the first South Asian Dancer, and Dakshina is the first South Asian led Dance Company in the area to win an award by Metro DC Dance Awards. Read Full Story.

Dakshina to be featured on the In Step TV Show with Liz Lerman and Peter DiMuro. Show details will be available on www.coffeehousetv.org/schedule.html and www.dakshina.org by October 1st.

Dakshina’s recent performance at the Woodrow Wilson Plaza was reviewed by George Jackson. Jackson is the winner of this year’s Dance Metro DC ‘s Alan M. Kriegsman Award. Jackson writes, “What set off a couple of the street people were the compelling Indian rhythms. They started doing hip-hop versions of the ragas, unobtrusively at first.” Read Full Review.

Experience India: Fourth Annual Fall Festival of Indian Arts
Saturday September 29, at 3:30 pm: Art of Peace, Sitar Concert with Alif Laila and Aditya Kalyanpur on the tabla. At the International Student House 1825 R Street NW. Free, RSVP by emailing RSVP@dakshina.org.

Friday October 12, at 5:00 pm: Dakshina co-hosts the reception for film maker Pratibha Parmar. Free, RSVP by emailing RSVP@dakshina.org. Screening of her film “Nina’s Heavenly Delights” to follow at Lincoln Theater as part of Reel Affirmations.

Saturday October 13, at 7:00 pm: Film Screening of A Human Question. A film by T. Jayashree A Human Question Traces the story of the global struggle to make HIV/AIDS drugs more affordable and available, and raises key questions of whether private ownership of knowledge can be at the cost of human life? Free, RSVP by emailing RSVP@dakshina.org.

Thursday October 25, at 6:40 pm: Join us for a forum sponsored by Asia Society Washington Center, Dakshina, Rama & Arun Deva, and SAIS South Asia Program titled: “The Role of Indian Art and Culture in a Global Age.” Moderated by Uttara Asha Coorlawala with festival guest artists Malavika Sarukkai and Hari Krishnan. Rome Auditorium, 1619 Massachusetts Avenue, NW. Free, RSVP by emailing RSVP@dakshina.org.

Friday October 26, at 7:30 pm: Malavika Sarukkai performs KALA–Time: Its Many Contours. Sarukkai explores the notion of time from the abstract to the thematic cyles of life. Lincoln Theater, 1215 U Street NW. Purchase Tickets. Ticket prices go up after 10-22-07.

Saturday October 27, at 7:30 pm: Anita Ratnam performs About Her…This performance arcs through the multiple faces of woman – mother, lover, devotee, ascetic, rebel, friend, and goddess. Lincoln Theater, 1215 U Street NW. Purchase Tickets. Ticket prices go up after 10-22-07.

Sunday October 28, at 4:00 pm: Hari Krishnan and inDANCE company perform a mixed program including classical Devadasi works, contemporary edgy works and a piece on Stri Vesham (female impersonation). Lincoln Theater, 1215 U Street NW. Purchase Tickets. Ticket prices go up after 10-22-07.

If you would like to advertise in our program or be one of the festival sponsors please email us at info@dakshina.org. As we celebrate India’s 60 years of Independence, please consider a timely donation to make this unique cultural program possible in DC. The line up of stellar artists depends heavily on your support.

For more information about upcoming events at Black Rock Center for the Arts visit www.dakshina.org.

The Fourth Annual Fall Festival of Indian Arts is co-sponsored by Dance Place, Asia Society, Artists Inn Residence, API Pride and Heritage, APIQS, and KhushDC. Funding is provided in part by the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities, Chevy Chase Bank, Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation, Friends and Board Members of Dakshina.